Who should attend the first Community Drug Awareness Forum being held on Monday, Oct. 24 at 7 p.m. in the DLHS Sports Center?

Who should attend the first Community Drug Awareness Forum being held on Monday, Oct. 24 at 7 p.m. in the DLHS Sports Center?

Who should attend?
All residents of Devils Lake and the Lake Region should attend.
If you ask Devils Lake Public School Superintendent Scott Privratsky, he would like to see all parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and other relatives of all high school and middle school students attend.

Why?
1. We have a problem with drugs in Devils Lake and the Lake Region.
2. Drug use and abuse is ever changing, ever evolving - it’s hard for the professionals to keep up with what is happening in our city streets and homes.
3. In this community, we care about everybody - young children, middle school and high school students, adults, seniors - everybody.
“You can’t go a week or more in just about any given month without a benefit to help someone out who is battling a disease or suffered a loss,” Privratsky said.
“We are a community that cares for all of its members.”
He also adds that he is “old school” that he believes the city’s schools can be part of the answer to the problem.
Forum

At this first of a series of forums Privratsky hopes to help everyone, himself included, understand the breadth of the problem locally and steps that can be taken to help the situation.

The presenters at this first forum will be those who are “in the know” like Tresa Longie, the Devils Lake Police Department and the School Resource Officer.
Captain Kyle Ternes from the North Dakota Highway Patrol, Ramsey County Sheriff Steve Nelson and Brian Lang and Chad Engen from the Bureau of Criminal Investigation will also be presenting. These five see first-hand what is really going on in our community.
You may be shocked at what you learn.

Each presentation will be approximately 15 minutes long and the forum will conclude with questions from the audience that can be directed to any of the law enforcement personnel presenters or Privratsky himself.
“We all need to be educated about the drug situation in our community because directly or indirectly it affects us all,” Privratsky said.

If this first forum is well attended, the superintendent hopes a second forum can be scheduled that will focus on the help available in the community should you or your child, or someone else you know, need assistance.

He would like to show the documentary “Faded” at that second forum. It is a powerful documentary made in Grand Forks and posted on YouTube that addresses the deadly fentanyl problem in that community.